transphobia

Trump’s America Has Been the Reality for Trans Women for Decades

We’re two years into Trump’s America, and so far we’ve seen hateful acts that seemed unfathomable just two years ago. Besides his blatant racism and xenophobia, one of the most prominent prongs of the Trump hate-train is a deep and violent misogyny, reflected in the president’s speech, rhetoric, and political …

Recognising Trans Women as Women is a Start, But it Isn’t Enough

In a recent report on trans equality published by Stonewall, many cis people had their attention drawn to statistics that painted a picture of the ugly reality of trans life in the UK. As the report did the media rounds, many voiced their disgust in response to statistics that quantified …

Should We Separate the Art From the Artist?

It’s amazing to see survivors finally being able to come forward and name their abusers. It’s even more incredible to see fellow survivors being believed and action being taken against their assailants. However, each new #MeToo story that emerges where the accused is a prominent actor, musician or writer brings with it an …

Allies Are The Reason I Can’t Escape Transphobia

When I realised I was transgender, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to transition or not. I was petrified. Any discussion I saw about transgender people was always interrupted with passionate hate and flippant mockery. Meanwhile, news stories of harassment and violence were everywhere, and I was terrified. Was this …

Why Pretty Little Liars Missed the Mark with Mental Health

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Pretty Little Liars, as well as talk of mental illness. — Pretty Little Liars was great at a lot of things. Namely transporting me out of my anxious brain and into a world of ridiculous drama and fantastic outfits. But it was also great …

I’m Your Daughter: What I Would Say If You Would Listen

You’re my mother, but I know I’m an embarrassment to you. I always was, but never more than now. I wonder if you know that other family members have reached out to me privately, with concern and worry. They’ve explained that you talk about me in hushed tones, trying to …

The Trans Representation Betrayal

When Matt Bomer, a cisgender actor, was first announced as the transgender lead in Anything an upcoming movie release about a trans sex worker, it caused a predictable backlash from transgender people on social media. Anything it seemed, was set to join a list that includes The Danish Girl, and …